A Taste of the Real Kenya
My request to stop and take a photograph of a woman working in the fields is granted. When I ask for permission to take a photograph my subject queries (through my driver) why I find this daily task worthy of my attention. She is no doubt unaware that tilling the land by hand is a practice that was abandoned many years ago in my country. Despite her misgivings permission is granted but as we move on she is still muttering in wonder to herself ...
Conservation Under an African Sky
Unaccustomed as I am to camping and night time strolls to an ablutions block top of my list of essentials was night-wear that exposed only my head, hand and feet. I achieved this by pairing some leggings with a round necked, long sleeved cotton top. This reducing the risk of feeding the local mosquitoes but no defence to a charge from the hippo that lived in the river a few yards away from my tent. In reality, the small bed in my tent proved to be surprisingly comfortable ...
Mauritius: A Jewel in the Indian Ocean
Beyond the swish of automatic doors and the glare of bright lights the town centre is a rush of traffic and people going about their daily business. Many of them are on their way to the heritage protected hall that houses the Port Louis central market. Mounds of polished, shining fresh fruit and vegetables are piled high on the stalls scattered around the huge main hall. The small shops on the mezzanine floor above the fruit and vegetable market are ablaze with colourful handicrafts, clothing and innumerable fridge magnets.
Destination Croatia: Land of Sun, Scenery and Sightseeing
Play pirates in Omis once an impregnable stronghold for the corsairs of Omis during the "Middle Ages":http://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages. They plundered the Croatian coastline in speedy ships built for the purpose and then sought shelter in the estuary of the River Cetina. This estuary was guarded by the strategically placed Fortress Mirabella also known as Peovica. Visitors can still climb up there today and enjoy the same vantage point that afforded these pirates their success. Pleasure boats run a service to this town wending their way through the reed beds that line the River Cetina. A very fitting entrance to this unusual little town.
Easter on Parade in Sorrento – an Exceptional Experience
Outside the hooded figures wait in silence, there is no breaking of ranks and not a word is spoken – just a street full of robed figures waiting and hoping. The whole experience was surreal and the next morning, while strolling through the crowded streets of Sorrento, I wondered if it really happened or if I dreamt it. Burnt out candles still littering walls and pavements confirm it really did happen ...
Four Resorts, One SkiArea in the Italian Dolomites
This very chic Italian resort, huddles inside a towering crescent of the spectacular Brenta Dolomites in Trentino. During the day the snow on its craggy peaks sparkles in the sun. As the sun goes down nature’s cathedral spires glow a rosy pink ...
A Whimsical Wander through Wimereux
Weekly markets in Wimereux are vibrant with the colours of fresh vegetables stacked high on the stalls that also grown under the weight of local cheeses, plants and many other products. Items of clothing sway gently on their hangers disturbed by the breeze from the River Wimereux that runs parallel to the road where the market is held …
Dunes, Amber, Boats and Forests on the Shores of Lithuania
As the day was drawing to its close I met the well-known amber hunter and guide Igor Osnač. After learning about this precious stone I set off with Igor to see if we could find some. He marched along the shore of the Baltic Sea looking for waves dark with sea weed while I trotted along beside him waiting to examine his ‘catch’ for pieces of amber ...
Juodkrantė and the Curious Curonian Spit
It is an extraordinary place. Leaving the sunny sea front I was soon deep in the forest with weird faces peering down at me. Some of the structures provide places to sit and enjoy the eerie beauty of the place. I particularly liked the bench being carried by two wooden figures. I had this weird feeling that if I came back the next day this bench would be in a different place ...
Nida on the unique Curonian Spit in Lithuania
Lithuanians love to explain natural phenomena through legends. The creation of this long, thin sand spit is attributed to the female giant Neringa. She was the beautiful, good and courageous daughter of the rulers of this land. Neringa would wade into the sea to carry distressed fishing vessels back to the shore. One day, when a violent storm was raging and the sea was throwing so much sand onto the shore it threatened to bury her parent’s castle. Neringa filled her apron time and again with sand from the sea bed to create an embankment …